As you know, February is Black History Month. This month, I am going to do a series on some of my favorite black characters in comics. Everyday, I will post about a different character, giving a brief history, and a link on how you can find out more about them.
Since it is the first of the month, I will start with the first black character in mainstream comics, Black Panther. Black Panther was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who created many of the early characters for Marvel comics. Black Panther debuted in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966). He starred in Jungle Action #6-24 (Sept. 1973-Nov. 1976). Jungle Action was the first self-contained, multi-issue story arc done in comics. It was written by Don McGregor, and really fleshed out Black Panther. This story arc is considered Marvel’s first graphic novel. Black Panther has starred in his own self-titled book as well over the years. He has been a member of the Avengers, and of the Marvel Illuminati.
The Black Panther is T’Challa, the leader of the fictional African nation Wakanda. Wakanda is a very advanced nation, with advanced sciences and economy. T’Challa became the Black Panther by passing the trials. Once he passed the trials, T’Challa establishes a connection with the Panther God, augmenting his powers. He has increased strength, speed, senses, and agility. T’Challa is considered one of the smartest men in the Marvel Universe, and one of its greatest leaders. T’Challa is also one of the greatest hand to hand combatants in the Marvel Universe. He is basically a badass.
Black Panther is one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe. He has power that must be earned, he is a leader, and he can kick major ass. So, what’s not to like? Oh, and he was married to Storm of the X-Men, so there is that too. I have just given a brief history of the Black Panther. I could be here for days covering everything he has done. If you want to learn more, check here and here. Come back tomorrow, when I talk about another black character.